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Microsoft Names New MVPs for 2005

Eleventh year of Microsoft MVP program recognizes professionals in eight more countries. Also: Microsoft Office Outlook Live.

Microsoft announced Wednesday the 2005 class of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) ahead of its upcoming annual MVP Global Summit, which will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Redmond, Wash. This year is the 11th year of the Microsoft MVP program, which has recognized more than 2,600 Microsoft experts in the technical community across 81 countries, 32 languages and 75 Microsoft products and technologies. New countries represented in the MVP program include Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tokelau and Tunisia. Since October, Microsoft has awarded 173 first-time MVPs. http://www.microsoft.com/mvp

MSN Hotmail users will now be able to enjoy the functionality of Microsoft Outlook on the Web with Microsoft Office Outlook Live, a subscription-based service that will be offered in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. With a downloadable subscription, users can view and manage e-mail accounts, contacts and calendars from any location with the added benefits of 2GB of online storage, 20MB attachments, and spam and virus protection. Until Apr. 15, subscription for Outlook Live is $44.95 per year (regularly $59.95). http://outlooklive.msn.com

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